Jaguar Heritage News – February 2013


JAGUAR HERITAGE NEWS – FEBRUARY 2013 REPORT

A brief report from Jaguar Heritage. Pictures to follow, time allowing. Otherwise, this report will shortly be posted on the Jaguar Heritage website, at Jaguar Heritage

The first event of the year has already taken place and the Jaguar Heritage team is now busily preparing for a number of key activities both at home and abroad over the coming months.
Chinese Dealer Drive – January 29:

The Chinese New Year and the start of the ‘Year of the Snake’ were celebrated on February 10.  In the run up to this, Jaguar hosted a delegation of Chinese dealer staff who were over for the new F-TYPE pre-launch ‘train the trainer’ events.  The programme gave the visitors an exciting insight into the F-TYPE programme and launch plans and it culminated with a chance to be taken for a few high speed laps of the test track at Gaydon in the new car.  To help put the new car in the context of Jaguar’s rich sports car history, Jaguar Heritage were asked to provide a number of cars for a heritage drive that the visitors also took in during their stay.

In the scenic surroundings of the Mallory Park Hotel near Warwick, a line-up of six cars from the collection was assembled, comprising four sports cars and two saloons.  The sports cars included a 1958 XK150 OTS, a 1963 Series 1 E-type coupé, a 1969 Series 2 E-type OTS and a 1971 Series 3 V12 E-type 2+2.  The saloons were both cars with royal connections – the 1973 Jaguar XJ12 Series 1 and the 1992 Daimler DS420 Limousine, both previously the transport of HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

The visitors were taken on a circular drive round the local Warwickshire roads and given a chance to experience a good selection of the cars – everyone had at least one ride in an E-type!  There were plenty of great photo opportunities and the drive gave the Chinese guests a better understanding of Jaguar’s great heritage and the bloodline of the new F-TYPE.
Cinema Awards Ceremony – February 12:

Amongst its broad collection of historical Jaguar and Daimler production models, the Jaguar Heritage collection also features a few rather more unusual products created for special uses or events.  These include the heavily modified XKR produced for the 20th James Bond film Die Another Day in 2002.  To maintain the tradition started in the 1960s, the hero once again drove an Aston Martin, but the XKR was chosen as the villain’s car and had to feature in a dramatic high speed chase sequence filmed on a frozen lake in Iceland!

The XKR was the car of Zao, played by Rick Yune and was seen as an appropriate match for his character, combining a sleek exterior with a heart of power and ferocity. The car was equipped with a Gatling gun mounted centrally behind the seats, while further armaments included missiles fired through the front grille, rocket launchers in the doors and mortar bombs in the boot.

There were in fact no less than eight Jaguar XKR cars used in filming.  Half of these were standard cars with only cosmetic modifications, the rest were rather more special as they were built on a complete four-wheel drive chassis, apart from having all the weapons systems.  The work was done in the Pinewood Studio workshops in England.  Of course, from the outside all the cars looked the same, and all were finished in the same metallic light green that was used for the Jaguar Racing Formula One Grand Prix cars.  Jaguar Heritage still owns three of these cars, two of which are on long term loan to other museums.  One car is retained and is kept in running order as it is very popular for special events and shows.

One such recent event was a Cinema Awards Ceremony that took place at the Hilton Hotel near Birmingham’s NEC on February 12.  An elaborate set was produced and the XKR was revealed mid-way through the evening following a dramatic AV sequence depicting James Bond racing to the event in the car, despatching villains along the way.  This culminated with a pyrotechnic display and the car appearing to explode onto the stage!

Following all this excitement, the XKR is now heading to the paint repair facility at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant where the team have kindly agreed to give the car a fresh coat of the metallic racing green paint in readiness for more events through the summer season.
Forthcoming Events:

The next event in the Jaguar Heritage calendar is a rather special event that will be taking place just before the Geneva Motor Show.  Details are under embargo at this point but it promises to be something quite unique that will generate a lot of media interest.  A full report and pictures will be included in next month’s newsletter, but this picture is a teaser!  Clue – somewhere in Belgium.

Cars are also being prepared for events further afield including two motor shows in the Far East.  The first of these is the Seoul Motor Show in South Korea which is taking place from March 21 to April 8.  The new F-TYPE will be making its Korean debut at this show and to support this, Jaguar Heritage has been asked to supply the famous 1961 Series 1 E-type launch car 77RW, that belongs to Mr Michael Kilgannon.  Following the show, the car will go on to be displayed in the showroom at the Jaguar Land Rover Korean HQ.

In parallel with this, two cars are being prepared for the Shanghai Motor Show which takes place a little later from April 21 to 29.  As this will once again have a major focus on the new F-TYPE, the plan is to display the full bloodline – C-type, D-type and E-type – alongside the new car at some special pre-show media events.  Jaguar Heritage will be supplying its short nose D-type OVC 501 and also the immaculate Series 1 E-type OTS 4 BXV belonging to Mr. George Missetzis that was featured in the December newsletter.

Unfortunately, Jaguar Heritage’s C-type is not available to support the Shanghai show because it is currently being prepared for this year’s Mille Miglia, but another C-type with an impeccable pedigree, XKC-005 (MDU 212) is kindly being loaned by its owner, Richard Frankel, for this event.

Closer to home, Jaguar Heritage will also be providing three cars to support the Techno Classica Show in Essen which runs from April 10-14 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  The cars will be displayed on a stand being run by sister company Jaguar Classic Parts and have been chosen to be representative of the model ranges which they support.  The line-up comprises a 1996 XJS 6.0 V12 Coupe, the last of the line of this model, its successor the XK8 – in this case in the guise of the 2001 “Austin Powers” Union Jack painted XK8 – and a 2002 Daimler Super V8 representing the last of the line X308 model.  These will be joined by a Series 1 E-type and the new F-TYPE both being supplied by Jaguar Deutschland.

This enormous show is spread over 20 halls and will feature more than 2,500 classic vehicles and stands from 25 major manufacturers – a must visit for classic car enthusiasts.  Jaguar Classic Parts look forward to welcoming German Jaguar owners and enthusiasts to their stand where they can advise on technical and parts related issues.

Heading into May, the Jaguar Heritage team will be heading back into Europe again for two more great events – the Bodensee Klassic a three day rally round the shores of Lake Constance from May 2 – 4, where Jaguar Deutschland will be entering a number of cars including an XK120 and XK150 from the Heritage collection and the 2013 Mille Miglia which will run from May 16 -19.  This event will be the inaugural outing for the Jaguar Heritage Racing team this year and a field of five cars has been entered including Jaguar Heritage’s 1953 C-type NDU 219 and 1953 XK120 OTS OOF 748, both veterans of the event from prior years.

Plans for events later in the season are still under development but there are a number that have already been put on the Jaguar Heritage calendar including:
•    The Daimler Lanchester Owners’ Club National Day at The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury on June 9
•    The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Northern Day at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire on June 23
•    Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 12 – 14
•    CarFest North at Oulton Park – August 2 – 4
•    The Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring – August 9 – 11
•    Coventry Festival of Motoring – August 24 – 25
E-type Challenge Update:

Following further discussions between Jaguar and the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), it has been confirmed that the E-type Challenge race series (ETC) will continue this year with six rounds as follows:
•    Donington Park Historic Festival 3rd – 5th May; one practice and two races for ETC
•    Silverstone International Trophy  18th – 19th May Grand Prix circuit; one forty minute pit stop race (driver change optional) for ETC class within Guards Trophy GT Race
•    Spa 15th – 16th June;  one hour pit stop race with same arrangement as Silverstone.
•    Brands Hatch GP Circuit HSCC Super Prix 13th – 14th July; one forty minute pit stop race  (driver change optional)
•    Nurburgring Old Timer Grand Prix 10th – 11th August; one practice and two races for ETC
•    Oulton Park Gold Cup 24th – 26th August: one forty minute pit stop race (driver change optional) for ETC.
To maximise grid sizes in order to defray the high track time fees, it is likely that at certain races some XK’s or even C and D types may be included on the entry.  Further information will be provided as details of the race entries become available.

Old Friends Reunited:

Jaguar Heritage was recently visited by old friend and Jaguar legend, Norman Dewis who had travelled down from his Shropshire home in his new XF 2.2 litre Diesel in order to be interviewed and photographed by freelance journalist Mike Taylor for a forthcoming article in Classic Car Weekly.   Now a sprightly 92 years old, Norman regaled Mike with many tales from his long career in Jaguar’s Test and Development team and his drives at famous events like the Mille Miglia, and the Le Mans 24 hours race.

For the photographs, Mike asked if Norman could be re-united with two ‘old friends’ – the E-type that he famously drove overnight to Geneva to support the original launch back in 1961, and the unique XJ13 which Norman played a key part in developing and testing.  Fortunately, both cars were undergoing preparation in the Jaguar Heritage workshop and this provided a fitting backdrop for Mike’s pictures.

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